Grace Slick Mourns Passing of Jefferson Airplane Band Mate, Former Lover Paul Kantner

Grace Slick is mourning the death of one of her original Jefferson Airplane band mates and former lovers. Paul Kantner died on Thursday of multiple organ failure following a heart attack he suffered earlier in the week. Kantner was 74.




Taking to social media, Grace Slick shared a few words in honor of her dear friend.



Rest in peace my friend.Love Grace


Posted by Grace Slick on Thursday, January 28, 2016


Paul Kantner is the first of the Jefferson Airplane band members to die. He was one of the founding members of the band’s spinoff, Jefferson Starship, in 1974.


Grace Slick sang lead vocals for Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, as the band was known in later years. The early songs detailed life with sex, psychedelic drugs, and communal living. They played at both Monterey and Woodstock music festivals.


“Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit” are the cumulative bands’ biggest hits, and feature Grace Slick on lead vocals.


Grace Slick isn’t the only person from the music world grieving Paul Kantner’s passing.










Grace Slick and Paul Kantner have a daughter, China Kantner, who was born in 1971.



Grace Slick Mourns Passing of Jefferson Airplane Band Mate, Former Lover Paul Kantner

Kristen Bell, Hubby Dax Shepard Lip-Synch Toto’s Song “Africa” While in Africa

Kristen Bell and hubby Dax Shepard have put a capital “C” on the word cliche. The couple traveled to Africa prior to becoming parents, and while there filmed themselves lip-synching to Toto’s 1982 hit song, “Africa.”


“This was our last trip before having kids. Our sole objective was to rage hard and honor Toto properly. Hope you enjoy,” the Parenthood star wrote alongside their YouTube video.


Kristen Bell shared the video via Twitter on Wednesday of this week.




Since posting the video, it has made the rounds on both the internet and TV. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard might change careers based on the fan following their music video is swiftly gaining.


All kidding aside, it’s fun to see that creativity prevails even when famous couples go on vacation.




In March of 2012, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell welcomed their first child–a daughter named Lincoln. Baby sister Delta followed in December of 2014.


What’s your take on Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s music video? Should they keep their day jobs–at least for now?

Kristen Bell, Hubby Dax Shepard Lip-Synch Toto’s Song “Africa” While in Africa

Kim Basinger Joins ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sequel

According to reports, the role of Elena Lincoln in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel Fifty Shades Darker has been cast.


Kim Basinger has joined the cast, says Variety. She will play lead Christian Grey’s business partner and former lover.




Last year, we learned that Universal will shoot the sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed back-to-back. Both Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson have already signed on to reprise their roles in the sequels, but their has been some directorial shifts.


Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Wood has left the project, and James Foley will helm the two sequels. Foley most recently directed numerous episodes of Netflix’s House of Cards, but is also well-known for the films Fear, Glengarry Glen Ross, and The Chamber.


According to star Dakota Johnson, the film gets “kinda scary.”


“We’re gonna start filming that soon…I think it’s gonna be exciting….to go back and develop characters further. The story, is sort of like a thriller now. And it gets kinda scary. It’s awesome,” Dakota recently told Access Hollywood.


Fifty Shades Darker will hit theaters on February 10th, 2017.

Kim Basinger Joins ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sequel

4 Ways to Add Mobile Messaging to Your Marketing Mix

One sports league embraced mobile marketing by developing an app that sends subscribers game status messages, late in the competition. For example, subscribers might get a message like, “Five minutes left in with up only three points!” App subscribers can then watch the rest of the game on the app. This seems like a great idea to generate app usage, but, it’s not tailored to the specific user experiences. These messages are sent in blast form to everybody, with subscriber getting four or five notifications a night. To optimize for a better experience, the mobile marketing team should focus messaging around league team favorites as selected by app users.  


When we talk about adding mobile messaging to your marketing mix, it’s not always about what steps to take, but more about the end game you’re focusing on when adding mobile messaging to your marketing mix. What is the behavior, action or end result that you want your messaging campaign to drive? More importantly, what is the experience you want to drive?


Once your mobile marketing strategy brings users to your app, you need to understand how you tailor the rest of the experience. What should your users be doing next? If you start with the end in mind, mobile messaging can help you get your users to your desired user experience. Here’s a list of 4 areas you should understand as you start to use mobile messaging in your marketing mix.


#1 Push Notifications Bring Them in


Push messaging should be used to bring people in via app download then give them reasons to get back into the app. Once there, you can drive more engagement with contextual experiences inside the app. In-app messaging is there to boost engagement. If you think in terms of filling the pipeline, push notifications can drive the top of the funnel. In-app messaging can keep them there with relevant, engaging content.


#2 In-App Messages Cross-Promote and Attract Subscriptions


You’ve gotten them to the table, now it’s time to eat. This is where you introduce in-app messaging to your users. This is the time when they’ve started to use your app and you can use messages to show them new features and enhance their usage of your app. Sometimes when you ask new downloaders to subscribe to too many messages too soon, they feel attacked. In-app messaging is a good place to gather subscriptions; after your users have developed a good taste for your app or services.


In-app messaging is also powerful because of its targeting capabilities, and can be a great moment to implement cross promotional strategy. Brands with multiple apps often use in-app messaging to drive traffic to other apps. For example, Disney World’s GPS-enabled My Experience app lets users plan their trip through the park during their visit. The company also recently released a shop app where visitors to easily find and purchase merchandise and have it shipped to their home without standing in line. Disney mobile marketers use in-app messaging to move their audience from the My Experience app to the shop app, enabling a seamless and a more delightful experience. In this case, in-app messaging is the right channel to increase engagement, instead of push notifications. This is where in-app, cross-promotions become part of a multidimensional mobile messaging approach.


#3 Real Time Messaging


In-app messaging gets users to take action while they’re in the app. Once you’ve led them past the initial download, you’ve got an opportunity to respond to their actions, especially premium actions. To be effective, most of the time you’re going to need to serve messaging based on actions occurring in real time. For example, app updates provide a great opportunity for real-time messaging. When an update is complete, you can send the user a message suggesting some new features to try. This supports a broader and deeper use of the app, which, in turn, provides more timely opportunities for in-app messaging.


#4 App Trials Lead to Premium Subscriptions


App trials are also a great way to generate premium subscriptions. Adobe, for example, offers a Lightroom Mobile trial. After the 30-day free trial, you’ll receive an in-app message encouraging you to sign up for the premium edition. We continue to expand the user experience by offering access to our other apps. We use in-app messaging to drive users between apps and into the full app. From there users will then move up to the Creative Cloud. If you’re in Photoshop Mix and use certain features that are akin to Lightroom features, a message pops up suggesting that you might prefer Lightroom because it can enable greater digital appeal of your image. Moving users from Lightroom to Photoshop Mix or vice versa can be a useful tactic because, when trial users are ready to buy, they tend to subscribe to the Adobe Creative Suite. Through messaging, users have been enabled to see the value across all the solutions.


Premium subscriptions can be the end result for an app-messaging initiative, but your initiative may be different. One other sports league that uses in-app messaging to increase premium subscriptions drove more than 150,000 incremental premium subscriptions. The initiative cost them almost nothing to develop and deploy. Users had already downloaded and used the basic version of the app, so upsell messaging was created based on in-app behaviors. This is where the beauty of using in-app messaging can really come to fruition and true value. You’ve got both user preferences and app usage to base premium messaging on.


Don’t build your mobile marketing strategy by deploying messaging in silos. Create an integrated mobile messaging strategy that leverages the relationship between consumers and your apps in multiple ways. Mobile messaging can improve the app experience and lead to better conversions, so plan wisely how you’re going to incorporate mobile messaging into your media mix.


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4 Ways to Add Mobile Messaging to Your Marketing Mix